Ford is aiming to take a bite out of the best-selling crossovers.
It is not officially on sale yet, but Ford has announced pricing for the upcoming 2020 Ford Escape crossover. The base S model starts at $25,980 including a $1,095 destination charge. That means a $780 price jump from the 2019 model year, but you get some more standard equipment. From there, the price rises through four more trim levels.
The nearly $26,000 2020 Ford Escape S comes with a fair amount of standard features. Ford Co-Pilot 360 comes standard across the range, including blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, automatic high beams and automatic emergency braking. You also get a Wi-Fi hotspot as standard equipment.
Stepping up to the $28,190 SE trim adds Ford Sync 3 with an 8.0-inch touchscreen. You also get 17-inch wheels, adaptive cruise control, automatic climate control and heated seats as standard equipment. The infotainment system, like other Ford models, does support Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Cheapest hybrid model: SE Sport
One trim level from there is the SE Sport, which is the first hybrid model in the 2020 Ford Escape range. This trim includes Ford’s new hybrid system with a 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle engine mated to an electric motor. This trim kicks off at $29,350 and should get around 39 mpg combined, according to recent reports. You get a few more features as well, like Ford’s 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, as well as black exterior accents.
All-wheel drive costs $1,500 more on the lesser Escape models.
Next up on the conventional ladder is the $30,350 SEL trim. That goes back to a 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine without a hybrid system. However, you do get fog lamps, a power liftgate, a heated leather steering wheel, as well as remote start.
Finally, there is the Titanium trim at the top of the range. The Titanium Hybrid starts at $34,495, and heads back to the hybrid powertrain. The non-hybrid 2020 Ford Escape Titanium uses a more powerful 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine and comes exclusively with all-wheel drive. Here, you get 19-inch wheels, a B&O sound system, and Active Park Assist.
The base pricing on the 2020 Ford Escape compares well against the new $26,595 Toyota RAV4 and $26,065 Nissan Rogue. It’s not quite as cheap as the $25,395 Honda CR-V, but it is in the ball park. however, both the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid and Nissan Rogue Hybrid are slightly cheaper than the Escape, at $28,795 and $28,745 respectively.
Ford has a plug-in Escape coming as well, but we should know more about that in the near future.